Go vegan for World Food Day
FROM: HEATHER MOORE NORFOLK, VA.
On World Food Day, Oct. 16, why not do something that will really help alleviate hunger? Go vegan. An eyeopening study, which was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, indicates that if all Americans were to go vegan, there would be enough food to feed the 327 million people currently living in the U.S. — plus 350 million more.
Researchers analyzed the land that’s being used to raise cows, pigs, and chickens and found that if it were instead used to cultivate plant foods that provide an equivalent amount of calories, protein, and other nutrients, the amount of available food would increase by a whopping 120 percent.
That alone is reason enough for everyone to stop eating bacon cheeseburgers and barbecued chicken wings, but the study also suggests that it would significantly reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and health care costs.
So, please do your part to alleviate hunger, combat climate change, and save money at the same time — not to mention animals. It’s estimated that each vegan saves nearly 200 animals every year. See www.PETA.org for more information and free vegan recipes and product suggestions.